The Abandoned Abundant Life Christian Church In Detroit

Abundant Life Christian Church

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Detroit’s full of abandoned buildings and back in 2013, the extent of urban blight was frankly, shocking. Small mom and pop shops, large factories like the Packard Plant, homes, schools and even churches like this one, the former site of the Abundant Life Christian Church.

I know that locals aren’t happy with tourists coming to the city for the express purpose of exploring abandoned buildings. They want everyone to know there’s so much more to Detroit. And I believe this to be true after staying at an urban farm for the weekend and checking out community initiatives, like the Heidelberg Project.

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The Abandoned Abundant Life Christian Church In Detroit

Calvary Presbyterian Abundant Life Christian Church Outside

However, I couldn’t help but be fascinated by these empty buildings and when I saw this church, I knew it was a place I just had to see for myself. What I found was eerie, haunting and in a strange way, beautiful. 

While it’s sad to see such a beautiful building fall victim to decay and neglect, there’s no shortage of places for people to go and worship. Detroit has plenty of churches and actually has more churches per square mile than any other city in the US.

Calvary Presbyterian Abundant Life Christian Church Altar

The Abundant Life Christian Church has been vacant since 2009 after a fire broke out in the church attic. From there, looters began taking items from church and gradually picked it apart until nothing was left. The pews and stained glass windows have long since disappeared.

Calvary Presbyterian Abundant Life Christian Church Detroit Interior Shot

To learn more about the history of the Abundant Life Christian Church, check out this article from Detroit Urbex.

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6 Comments

  1. Cheryl, my father was the minister of this church on Grand River from 1956-1967. It was Calvary Presbyterian and had a beautiful sanctuary with a magnificent organ, chapel downstairs, huge gym, many classrooms, offices, etc. Members were very involved in the Civil Rights struggle. After almost 50 years I returned to Detroit and we drove past it just this week. Like being in a ghost town.

  2. Hey Linda –

    Thanks for your comment and sharing your story. It must have been a surreal experience to see the church how it is today!

    Hope Detroit makes the comeback it deserves.

    Cheryl

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